The Lincoln Hall Society was overwhelmed with support after a media blitz led to over 100 people coming out to a special Board meeting to discuss the future of the hall.
Board President Tony Kamlah said that there membership grew from just 15 members to 125 in one night. The growth means that they were able to fill their available Board positions and that they were able to discuss possible revenue streams to help keep the Hall going — especially during the winter months, which are the slow season for the hall.
“People had a lot of good ideas. Some thought we should up the rent and the big one was to get the word out there. It can be hard with not everyone into reading to the paper, or listening to the radio and not everyone is on Facebook. Everyone left their email and cell number so we can do giant emails to get the word out,” Kamlah said.
Kamlah said it was almost unbelievable how many people came out to support the hall.
“We had no idea what kind of turnout we would have,” he said. “People kept coming and we needed to keep putting out more and more chairs. It was really good and it was good to see their is interest.
“The Board positions we needed were filled by volunteers who jumped up to take the spots.”
Kamlah said it will be important for the Hall to grow their social media presence in the future.
“Hopefully with that and some of the events we have been doing, the word will be out and we will be more successful,” he said.
While no concrete plans are in place, the Board will continue to discuss some of the suggestions made.
“One thing was to up all the rentals. We have actually done that a month ago a little bit, but some people thought we should up it a lot. You don’t want to lose the small rentals through getting greedy on the big ones,” he said.
Kamlah added, “It was really nice to see that many people show up.”